pictures from karin and jeremy’s arbor day barn wedding in nebraska

You are going to love Karin and Jeremy’s DIY wedding, and these beautiful snaps from Bryan and Mae capture every handmade-with-love detail perfectly. Karin’s dress was made by her mom and aunt, and she asked her friends to bring their own bundt cakes to serve as table centerpieces and to eat! She was pretty much my favorite kind of bride to work with, and of course she is a friend of mine too. She was flexible, creative, open to ideas, and above all, focused on the real meaning of the day–not the decorations, the things, the food, the dress–but the marriage to her love and the union of their families.

I picked out some of my favorite photos from their wedding to tell a story about my friend Karin, the love of her life Jeremy, and their magical outdoor wedding surrounded with the support of their families.

See more BEAUTIFUL pictures on Bryan and Mae’s blog. Their wedding was also recently featured on Style Me Pretty. Check out more pictures of Karin and Jeremy’s flowers on my previous post about our work for them.
Congratulations Karin and Jeremy! I’ll see you at the next party!
xo
meg

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Awful things
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> When all your underwear is in the wash
> When you have to get up to get your charging cable
> Shower curtains that stick to you
> People who leave their carts in the middle of the aisle while they browse

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